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Eastern Promises (2007)

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A teenager who dies during childbirth leaves clues in her journal that could tie her child to a rape involving a violent Russian mob family.

Director:

David Cronenberg

Writer:

Steven Knight (screenplay) (as Steve Knight)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 28 wins & 73 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Josef Altin ... Ekrem
Mina E. Mina Mina E. Mina ... Azim
Aleksandar Mikic Aleksandar Mikic ... Soyka (as Aleksander Mikic)
Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse ... Tatiana (as Sarah Jeanne Labrosse)
Lalita Ahmed ... Customer
Badi Uzzaman ... Chemist
Naomi Watts ... Anna
Doña Croll Doña Croll ... Nurse (as Dona Croll)
Raza Jaffrey ... Doctor Aziz
Sinéad Cusack ... Helen (as Sinead Cusack)
Jerzy Skolimowski ... Stepan
Tatiana Maslany ... Tatiana (voice)
Viggo Mortensen ... Nikolai
Vincent Cassel ... Kirill
Armin Mueller-Stahl ... Semyon
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Storyline

In London, the Russian pregnant teenager Tatiana arrives bleeding in a hospital, and the doctors save her baby only. The Russian descendant midwife Anna Khitrova finds Tatiana's diary written in Russian language in her belongings and decided to find her family to deliver the baby, she brings the diary home and ask her uncle Stepan to translate the document. Stepan refuses, but Anna finds a card of a restaurant owned by the Russian Semyon inside the diary and she visits the old man trying to find a lead to contact Tatiana's family. When she mentions the existence of the diary, Semyon immediately offers to translate the document. However, Stepan translates part of the diary and Anna discovers that Semyon and his sick son Kirill had raped Tatiana when she was fourteen years old and forced her to work as prostitute in a brothel of their own. Further, Semyon is the dangerous boss of the Russian mafia "Vory v Zakone", jeopardizing the safety of Anna and her family. Meanwhile, Semyon's ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Every sin leaves a mark.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong brutal and bloody violence, some graphic sexuality, language and nudity | See all certifications »

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David Cronenberg: [Music] Howard Shore score. See more »

Goofs

Azim and his nephew Ekrem are all apparently Turkish characters and Azim is part of the Turkish mafia. However, the Turkish spoken by the actors is heavily broken and pronounced entirely improperly, the Turkish words and dialog are clearly phonetically memorized. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Azim: He says "Christmas." So I say to him,
[in Russian]
Azim: "Should we go shopping?"
[English]
Azim: The kid's 16. He says, "But uncle, it's Christmas."
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Alternate Versions

In India, the theatrical release was cut in spite of receiving an A (adults only) rating. A sex scene, an offensive scene involving the cross and a grave and nudity during the fight sequence were censored. Also removed was the shot of stabbing in the eye. See more »

Connections

Referenced in NCIS: Los Angeles: Wanted (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Slavery and Suffering
Traditional Revolutionary Song
Arranged by Dimitri Oleg Yachinov
Performed by The Red Army Choir under the direction of Boris Aleksandrov
Courtesy of Silva Screen Records Ltd.
Under license from FGL Productions
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Viggo Mortenssen and David Cronenberg together again
25 December 2007 | by filmquestintSee all my reviews

Russian mobsters, a rainy, murky London, a midwife and Viggo Mortensen makes this David Cronemberg film a perfect companion piece to his "A History Of Violence". My two favourite films of this idiosyncratic and fascinating director. Naomi Watts and motherhood go beautifully together and it's her gutsy maternal instinct that throws her in a world populated by truly horrible people. The trick is, we go with her and within that brutal world we meet some memorable characters. Viggo Mortensen, what an actor! His fearlessness is riveting, he's also beautiful beyond words. We think we can read him but we doubt our own thoughts, he's in total control of his character and of his audience. He has the face of an icon and he underplays it, over playing it. If you see History Of Violence and Eastern Promises you'll understand what I mean. This is not a film to like but to love and I loved it.


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UK | Canada | USA

Language:

English | Russian | Turkish | Ukrainian | Urdu

Release Date:

21 September 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$547,092, 16 September 2007

Gross USA:

$17,266,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$56,107,312
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1.85 : 1
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